What is Agar? How do I use it?
Agar is a versatile tool used by mushroom growing enthusiasts to cultivate high-quality mycelium colonies. By squirting a tiny amount of spore solution onto an agar plate and incubating for a few days, white mycelium patches will begin to form, allowing you to select the fastest-growing and most robust mycelium for use in your growing project. With agar, you can isolate any mold without compromising your culture plate, a technique used by experts to grow the biggest and best mushrooms showcased on various forums.
Once you've chosen your mycelium colony, you can create a still air box or use a flow hood to cut a piece of the agar and transfer it into a spawn bag, jar, or liquid culture to grow. While working with agar may seem intimidating and prone to contamination, the addition of chloramphenicol significantly reduces the risks and makes the process much easier than you might imagine. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, agar is an essential tool to achieve success in mushroom cultivation.
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Our Sterilized Malt Extract Agar plates include:
- 5 Sterilized Malt Extract Agar plates
- 100mm Polystyrene Petri Dishes
- Made with perfect blend of ingredients to promote healthy mycelium colonies
- Pressure sterilized & Poured in our lab using laminar flow hood
- Chloramphenicol added to resist contamination
- Store agar plates in the fridge and use within 3-4 weeks for optimal results
- Plates come in assorted colors. Colors help us keep dates accurate and also look neat!
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